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The Florence King Reader

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Florence King has made the past two decades the venue for an astonishing, fiercely witty, and altogether unique writing career. Humorist, memoirist, essayist, critic, reviewer--none of these does full justice to her name (just as unreconstructed Southerner, gun-toting right-wing feminist, high-church Episcopal athiest, postmenopausal misanthropic monarchist fails to convey ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published May 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1995)
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Tracey
Sep 05, 2007 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit concerend with the foreword being almost unctuous in its praise - but Ms. King lived up to the intro, and then some. Southern, smart & snarky - quite a combo!

Dorothy Parker/H.L. Menken meets Eudora Welty was the main vibe I got (also reminded of Sampiro over on the SDMB) while reading this collection of fiction and non-fiction - ranging from a retelling of the Lizzy Borden case, to historical romance/soft-porn to essays on (fellow) misanthropes - all equally entertaining.

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Susan
Jul 18, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd forgotten how much she made me laugh. This collection has a nice variety of her writings. Sh had such a way with words. Now to find more of her books to read.

I was inspired to revisit her writings after I read her obituary in the New York Times. Hers might just be the best obituary since that of Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel (Tom Lehrer fans will understand what I mean.) Look them both up - neither obit will disappoint.
Kim
May 26, 2014 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit uneven - parts are excellent and, as always erudite and well-written. Other parts just start to feel like pouty ranting. This is NOT a book to sit down and read all at once. Spread out over time, she is MUCH more effective. If you read it straight through her perplexing politics and conservative views become very heavy handed. I much prefer when she's doing her southern thing.
Suzanne Costner
May 10, 2007 Suzanne Costner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ornery, uppity women
This book is a master's class on editing your own work. Just comparing the "reader" versions of the stories, essays and even a novella, and then reading the original versions would be immeasurably helpful. However King also goes into the thought processes behind these changes and it was a revelation to me. Also read this book because it is damn funny, and so very wicked!
Lisa
Jul 03, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny, gun-totin' dyke who wrote for National Review. I want to be Flo King when I grow up. (I made her an honorary lesbian; Ms. King claims to be "bisexual".)
Tammy Buchli
Jan 04, 2017 Tammy Buchli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading this to get me through the discovery that Miss King died earlier this year. This large omnibus includes the whole of her (hysterically funny) comic novel When Sisterhood Was In Flower as well as selections from each of her other books. Wonderful.
Henriette Hall
Feb 21, 2008 Henriette Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the type book you pick up to read segments of over and over--a "for women only" book--Men would be too confused
Roger Myers
May 02, 2011 Roger Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny as hell, smart, sharp, biting, honest. This should be read for Miss King's book reviews alone.
Delanie
Feb 27, 2008 Delanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has a copy of her impossible-to-find and utterly fabulous book "When Sisterhood Was In Flower". Makes me laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaugh...
Jennifer Leo
Jun 17, 2016 Jennifer Leo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had me howling out loud with laughter. I'm not Southern, but King makes me wish I were, if only to have such interesting relatives and neighbors.
Chuck Skorupski
Very funny. A great introduction to Florence King. Favorite piece was "A WASP looks at Lizzie Borden"
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Born in Washington, D.C. in 1936 to a bookish British father and a tomboy American mother, Florence King spent her childhood living with her parents, her maternal grandmother, and her grandmother's maid.

King showed talent in French, but unable to pursue it as a major at American University, she switched to a dual major of history and English. She attended the University of Mississippi for graduat
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